The TSA has expanded its PreCheck program to 100 airports in the United States, allowing for more passengers to join the program and return to a time when personal items weren’t checked so carefully.
“As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.
Later this year, the TSA said it will allow other U.S. citizens to apply for 5-year enrollment online after submitting fingerprints and paying an $85 fee.
A TSA Precheck emblem embedded on the barcode of passengers’ boarding passes indicates if a flier is eligible for expedited screening under the program.
While the TSA says that this is a great thing for passengers, the consequences of joining such a program should be considered first. As a member of PreCheck, a passenger would be trading the inconvenience of taking off their shoes for allowing the government to store their fingerprints. The terms of storing those fingerprints can, and most likely will, change. This is the tradeoff that passengers are being given for not having committed any crime to begin with.
Would $85 really prevent a terrorist from doing anything at the airport? It isn’t a required fee and anyone who flies can still wait in the regular line.
Just how many terrorists has the TSA actually caught? Can you count to zero? This is why these programs are being scaled back. The government gets your fingerprints, they scale back screenings to reasonable levels if you go through PreCheck, and they get to pat themselves on the back for doing “something” while continuing on their mission of security theater.